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Completely Justified

This is harder than it looks.

Like sausage, nobody really wants to know how it's made.

This sample only took me five minutes total. I did it between bells. I should check my r/t finger placement. Embarrassing.


  1. And it's not worth the effort. Those uneven spaces between words are way more distracting than uneven line endings. A predictable jump to the next word eases reading, and a predictable jump to the next line does, too. It is a simplistic fiction that straight right and left margins are "sophisticated". It usually works in typeset material because the extra spaces are spread over all the letters and spaces, thus making a more even-looking "color" to the page. But typesetting occasionally fails, too; check your local newspaper for example, or most pages with narrow columns and no hyphenation.

    I do, however, think it's a great exercise on a typewriter, as Ryan and Joe are demonstrating. Shows us our roots. Shows different approaches to solving a problem, and how difficult a problem can turn out to be.

    Neat stuff, guys!
    == Michael Höhne

  2. I actually spent a lot of time working out in my head how I'd do this probably a few months ago... but never actually did it. I decided to use the cent instead of an x because there is no reason to have a cent sign at the end of a line, ever, but an x maybe.

    I gotta go do it now!

  3. Awesome. I'll likely not try that, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to. I struggle a little too much with OCD to want to start doing stuff like this...

  4. This reminds me of the tortuous calculations you had to go through when 'casting-off' typewritten copy to see how many lines it would make in a certain point size of a certain typeface at a certain measure (line length) with the required leading and whether justified or ranged left (ragged right). And then came PageMaker and the Mac. And it also reminds me of being shown the little brass justification wedges by a man who was operating a Linotype machine setting the Manchester Evening News. It is good to know the principles, but I have to say, life's a lot easier, quicker and more accurate with a good desktop publishing app. Having said that, I might just give it a try!

  5. Thank you! I had to try it, too. It works!


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